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Pension Clicks
In this edition of Pension Clicks, we share details of the DWP’s consultation on the expansion of the Notifiable Events framework, ask whether your endgame is closer than you expect and announce our delegated investment business’s Net Zero Commitment.
Notifiable Events expansion
Since 2005, employers and trustees have had to notify the Pensions Regulator of certain events. The Pension Schemes Act 2021 provided for an expansion of this framework and introduced fines of up to £1 million for failure to comply. The DWP is now consulting on the details of this expansion, including new events and a requirement for an ‘accompanying statement’ providing further details of the event. The consultation runs until 27 October.
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On the horizon
As we move into autumn, schemes should be preparing for a number of legislative and regulatory changes. Our On the horizon summary provides a useful reminder of key developments over the next year.
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Is your endgame closer than you expect?
David Thompson and Andrew Cooper reveal the importance of a holistic approach to endgame planning. This article was first published in Pensions Age.
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Investing for resilient, sustainable investment portfolios
Aon manages £23bn of UK pension scheme assets. Climate change poses systemic risks to these portfolios and it is essential that we consider and support the transition to net zero emissions in our investment decisions. Read more about our UK delegated investment business's commitment to net zero portfolios by 2050.
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Making decisions that last a lifetime
How do schemes know that members who access the pensions flexibilities do not later regret it? Our new research interviews individuals who have retired within the last five years: when, why and how did they make their retirement decisions and what, if any, key changes would they make to their retirement experience?
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Fiduciary: The secret sauce to achieve your sustainability goals
Philippa Allen and Sam Segameglio discuss why a fiduciary management approach to responsible investment can help trustees achieve their sustainable investment goals. First published in Pensions Age.
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Cyber risk, pensions and investment
Cyber risk has risen quickly up the agenda for pension schemes. Paul McGlone considers how schemes are dealing with the issue, and specifically how it applies to scheme assets, in an article first published in Portfolio Institutional.
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The divestment dilemma
Jennifer O’Neill says schemes have a choice: divest capital to address climate risks or engage to influence change. This article was first published in Professional Pensions.
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Hot off the press: Sign up to receive a copy of our new Responsible Investment Survey
Our 2021 Responsible Investment Survey will be published shortly. To sign up for a copy of the survey report, please contact us.
New Insights Hub creates a one-stop content shop
Our new Retirement Virtual Insights Hub is your new go-to for all our latest thinking on pensions.
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The annual Aon UK Benefits and Trends Survey is open
Our latest UK Benefits and Trends Survey includes new questions on ESG and DEI initiatives, as well as our staple employee benefit benchmarking questions covering benefit strategy and design, health and wellbeing, engagement, communications and workplace pensions. Take part now to benchmark your benefits strategy.
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Retirement podcast: focusing on the pensions consumer journey
Key pension news from the last month summarised by Ricky Marsh. This month Ricky is joined by John Foster and Anne Oliver to discuss the DC pensions consumer journey, following their work on Aon’s response to a joint call for input from The Pensions Regulator and the FCA. They also discuss wider trends in pensions communications.
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Week in Markets
A summary of market movements over the past week.
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More awards success for Aon
It has been another good month for award wins; at the 2021 Pension and Investment Provider Awards we won the Derisking Consultant of the Year award (for the third time in the past four years), were highly commended in the Fiduciary Manager of the Year category and commended in Multi-Employer DC Provider of the Year.

Then, Aon’s Philippa Allen was named as one of Financial News’ 25 Rising Stars of Asset Management. Congratulations to Philippa and everyone involved in our recent wins!
Aon in the press
This month, we urge UK public sector pension schemes to move ahead with the new TPR code, we are appointed to provide benefits advice and consultancy services to the London Borough of Sutton and the Royal Borough of Kingston pension funds and our research shows lethargy from UK employees and employers about pensions and financial wellbeing.
Pensions Training 2021
We are running a full schedule of DB, DC and pensions governance training in 2021. You can find a copy of our training brochure and register online here.

6 October
Pension dashboards are finally set to become a reality. At this webinar we will be joined by the Pensions Dashboard Programme’s Head of Onboarding, Paul Noone to explore the requirements in more detail.

Also on our website
The third in our quarterly webinar series shares updates on current pensions issues from a corporate perspective. Alongside a summary of the 'need to know' headlines from the last three months, the webinar focuses on how schemes can unlock value via GMP equalisation.

During this digital conference, we link three distinct areas with one common theme: what have recent experiences taught us to improve things for pension schemes and their members in future?
Aon’s DC Live week shared latest thinking and thought leadership across a range of topics – from checking whether your scheme is on track to deliver adequate retirement outcomes, and finding out what schemes are really doing about Responsible Investing, to how the industry is waking up to providing better support at retirement. All sessions now available on demand.  

See how your pension scheme performed in 2020 (and why), and the latest market trends – including the impact of COVID-19 and RPI reform. During this discussion, our experts also walked through real world actions to help you to outperform the market in 2021.

Our webinar covers how to prepare your assets at the outset and as you move closer to buyout; considerations and benefits of doing phased buy-ins; managing investment through the broking process; and what makes a scheme more attractive to insurers in a busy market.

Listen to our recent webinar giving informative insights into the settlement opportunities available to your scheme in 2021 and beyond, and what you need to do to ensure that you are in the strongest position to begin your de-risking journey.

Our Risk Analyzer tool is now used by over 950 schemes to monitor various financial and risk measures. This video gives you an example of how Risk Analyzer could help you.
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